The Badger wrote:
I can't see how China getting to the moon in 2020 would be embarrassing for the US. America got there in 1969. The space race is over, America won.
It was almost two generations ago though.
I don't see it as the same race. It's either a new race, or it's not a race at all, but the ambitions and skills of the current generation. The ground we stand on may still have the same names, but it's all new people. What can these new people achieve?
When our offspring are grown up, they'll look back and say..
Our great grandparents achieved space flight and walking on the moon.
Our grandparents created the microcomputer, the internet and mobile phones.
What did our parents achieve? A level 80 death knight.